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Katie is a litigator used to dealing with legally and factually complex disputes across the litigation practice but with increasing focus on judicial reviews, and other contentious public law issues, and property litigation (for which she has been recognised in the Legal 500).  

Katie has dealt with matters in Tribunals right up to the Supreme Court and is experienced in all stages of litigation from drafting pleadings to trial and first and second appeals.  Katie also has considerable experience of mediation and other ADR techniques, and has documented complex settlements (often with significant non-monetary components).

On the property litigation side, Katie regularly acts for both landlords and tenants in commercial and residential leasehold disputes, including dilapidations, breach of covenant and disrepair claims as well as forfeiture and possession actions. She also regularly advises on property related professional negligence, disputes regarding the beneficial ownership of property interests and on mortgages and their enforcement.

Career Highlights

Public Law and Judicial Review

  • representing Natural Resources Wales defending its decision concerning alleged environmental damage to Llyn Padarn (which involved domestic and EU law issues), including successfully defending an appeal to the Court of Appeal [2017] Env LR 2 : [2017] 1 CMLR 8;
  • acting for the ABI intervening in a reference by the Attorney-General of Wales to the Supreme Court in the first successful challenge as to whether a bill passed by a devolved legislature (in this case the Welsh Assembly) was within its legislative competence ([2015] UKSC 3);
  • regularly acting for the HCPC in defending statutory appeals and judicial reviews regarding Fitness to Practice Proceedings in the Administrative Court; and
  • acting for St John Ambulance in the Hillsborough Inquests.

Memberships and professional bodies

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